Owner Kellie and her staff at Z Fitness have designed their fitness studio to create an ideal environment for the upbeat dance-party workout known as Zumba and other fitness classes: shock-absorbing bamboo floors fill a spacious, inviting room decorated with tropical colors. They offer classes for all ages and intensity levels, from body sculpting and cardio dance to high-energy options, such as Tabata and circuit training.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Structured workouts are hard to come by at 2 a.m.—except at VYGOR Fitness. The 24-hour gym’s automated Fitness on Request consoles store up to 45 unique workout videos, which can lead athletes through guided workouts to help them meet their fitness goals into the wee hours of the morning. During the day, patrons can work with human fitness experts during group classes in Zumba, Pilates, yoga, and cardio pump, which fuses jogging with pumping well water. More intimate I Inspire sessions, led by certified personal trainers, follow a more flexible curriculum and stay capped at 10 participants to ensure individualized attention.
For solo workouts, gym-goers can use cardio equipment such as Star Trac treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, or StairMaster steppers—ideal for training for on-foot trips to the moon. Alternatively, patrons can build muscle on a comprehensive array of weightlifting machinery. To complement workouts, the studio’s workshops—on topics ranging from nutrition and weight loss to specialty training areas—bolster fitness IQs.
For proof that CrossFit 440's classes can make dramatic changes, you just need to glance over the instructor bios. There, you'll find seasoned fitness experts like Ben Parks, who had been a full-time trainer for years before discovering CrossFit in 2009. But you'll also read the story of Jamie Marino, who had never considered herself an athlete when she walked into a class in 2010. Flash forward to today, and she's leading others down their own healthier paths as a certified trainer at CrossFit 440.
Whoever leads the day's session, exercisers arrive at CrossFit 440 to find the same thing: a conditioning program designed to build stronger, faster, and more powerful physiques. The route to that goal travels through several areas, from gymnastics to weightlifting, and students never quite know what to expect thanks to the ever-changing WOD?workout of the day. The instructors also offer a special On-Ramp program for beginners, as well as weightlifting classes that can maximize a person's strength and ability to lift giant strongman trophies over their heads.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations offer cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
PLX Fit Club's trainers try to cater to every kind of exerciser. Those more motivated by a group setting gather at the studio's wood-floored loft space, finding a diverse menu of classes from yoga and tabata to kettlebell classes and contact kickboxing. Traditional gym accoutrements can also be enjoyed, including strength and cardio machines that members can use as they see fit. To keep even individual workouts interesting, trainers cook up and post a Workout of the Day for anyone to follow.